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GREENOCK TELEGRAPH: Greenock man's woodturning ambitions (01/11/2017)

Thursday, January 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
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A CRAFTY Greenock man is aiming to revolutionise his hobby of woodturning — by starting a club for like-minded amateur artisans.

Alex Francis, 74, reckons it would be tree-mendous to bring enthusiasts and interested novices together to learn and share ideas and experiences.

The former IBM worker — who began his pastime 10 years ago — said: “I decided to buy an old second-hand lathe and then I just started playing around.

“It’s a wonderful thing to do and the great thing about it is that you can actually produce something in a couple of hours, or make something in your first lesson, so it’s very rewarding.”

Alex has made hundreds of beautiful pieces since getting involved, including pens, bowls and trinket boxes which he sells at craft fairs.

He said: “It pays for more materials and tools to keep me going.”

Asked why he is starting a club in Inverclyde, Alex — a member of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain — said: “A chap from Bishopton and I travel through to Lenzie every month for a club but it’s quite a long way to go, especially in winter.

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